Shop Indie: Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle

  • 4 October 2022
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Shop Indie: Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle

Upcycling is a great option for creative folks to treat the planet more gently. This process of reclaiming discarded materials to create new products is one way makers can reduce the waste that comes from making your work. As the Big Cartel shop owners in this gift guide demonstrate, there are so many ways to unleash the potential in objects otherwise destined for the landfill. Deckstool makes functional furniture out of retired skateboards. Alchemy Dyes turns thrift-store tees into tie-dyed masterpieces. Fobots combines a variety of found objects into robot sculptures pulsing with personality. CourtneyCourtney creates one-of-a-kind clothes from vintage and thrifted fabrics (check out her companion shop CatneyDogney for awww-inspiring pet clothes). Check out those shops and more inspired upcycling below.


Forest ferns tunic dress by CourtneyCourtney


Stripy pencil necklace by Zincwhite


Wallet made from recycled cement bag by Malia Designs, sold by Craft Alliance


Recycled skateboard barstool by Deckstool


Zombie Food Pyramid tie-dyed tee by Alchemy Dyes


Upcycled denim jacket by Rebuckled


Acrylic starburst necklaces from i am acrylic


Upcycled floral rooster African patchwork crop top by Laurent Desgrange Paris


Rudy Volley sculpture from Fobots


Upcycled MEND IT darning yarn by notanotherhat, sold by The Crafty Squirrel

4 October 2022

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